Cold Rain & Snow, Cassidy, Scarlet Begonias, The Music Never Stopped, Crazy Fingers, Big River, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Ship of Fools, Promised Land Saint Stephen-> Eyes Of The World-> Let It Grow-> Drums-> Let It Grow, Brown Eyed Women, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, High Time, Samson & Delilah, It Must Have Been The Roses, Dancin' In The Streets-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around, E: Franklin's Tower
May 16, 2020 Subject:
The East Resurrected
Start of the first East tour since the hiatus (first east coast show since Jersey City 8/6/74). June '76 was hot hot hot. There's an official release but it's still worth hearing the matrix, if simply for the audience reaction to the first Stephen in 5 years. Bobby told the Wigan '72 audience that they'd forgotten how to play it, and Jer later axed the resurrection. Not his favorite - probably too constricting, with set-in-stone riffs for the song to hold together. Funny how repeating riffs is the bread and butter for most bands but the Dead survived on repeating only enough to make the underlying structure recognizable. High Time is also the first in 5 years.
First Set. They start just a bit cold (...rain and snow), but they sure warm up - even glowing, starting with Crazy Fingers - which has an ending (on the official, the first 35sec of CR&S are from 6/14). The next few are above average. There's another great Big River a few nights later, but this is truly one of the year's most exciting. They Love Each Other and Looks Like Rain are arrant perfection. Promised Land also surely ranks in this solid-either-way month. And if '76 wasn't such a stellar year it'd be easier to claim more of these as best-of-year versions.
Second Set. Not full of singular aces, but above average, GOGD all the way through, for a cohesive effect. Check the matrix for the exciting return of St. Stephen (last one was 10/31/71; the official fades-in after 45sec). Honestly it isn't one of the best of the era (those come later in the year), but it was great to have it back. Eyes is very brisk, and long - it's 8min before the first verse. It has some nice sections, and some vampy ones: good, but not 6/18 or 6/22 good. Let it Grow is likewise. Bobby is the one to watch on this oddly-placed Brown Eyed Women. Though we often focus on Supplication, here it's the Lazy Lightning that really sparkles. Dancin' was its own monster in '76/'77, so this one doesn't compete overall, but Phil does go for some wild, fast runs (SBDs have a 26sec cut @~6:12; the official is complete). The rest is average GOGD ... until: Franklin's as a major-length encore! And worth every single minute. Jer does things not part of his usual style.
1st Set: A 2nd Set: B
Overall: 4½ stars
Crazy Fingers - delicate but exacting, '76 tone, has ending
Big River - start of a string of great '76 versions
They Love Each Other - best of year?
Looks Like Rain - shit that's some Jer, overwhelming the bogging tempo
Promised Land - descending triplets insane and more
Lazy Lightning - doesn't get any better
Samson & Delilah - avg Bob/Donna start dissolves when Jer grabs ahold, grins
Franklin's Tower - for encore, just an all time super version, with extra solos
SOURCES: Nearly the whole show is on Road Trips v4n5 (except a substituted CR&S and an excerpt of St. Stephen). Music Never Stopped and Crazy Fingers are on Spirit of '76 (which has the channels switched, more separation, less Bobby guitar). But try the chappell_29323 matrix for some vibe. SBDs have a cut in Dancing in the Street. Both the SBDs and the official run slightly fast (~1%) from Ship>Promised Land & LiG>Franklin's.
November 24, 2019 Subject:
Gotta Love Bostonians
I’ll leave all the other folks to review the music. It’s a top 25 show, and it’s just...great. If 6/14 wasn’t less than a week later, it might be the best of the era. But....
What I’m writing this review for us the specific to this Matrix. In between Let It Grow (blistering) and Brown Eyed Women (weirdly places), there is about 3 minutes of the Boston crowd yelling song selections. It’s priceless. Comedy gold. Please enjoy this amazing show with that extra piece of goodness.
I love this Matrix even though it’s on Road Trips. It’s just really well separated and it’s delicious sounding. Great job.
Reviewer:John L. White
July 9, 2013 Subject:
So many tasty bits so just listen to it all. Another sick show from one of the greatest months.
Sound quality is outstanding edging the straight board by a nose.
Another hot, hot High Time. Probably better than the one I raved about recently from 5/26/77. Better is too hard, however, when the muse moves.
Really the same as others have stated. Crazy Fingers, eyes, Stephen, and perhaps the best TLEO.
May 15, 2013 Subject:
Good God Guys. Stellar Stellar Stellar. Great Matrix Mix !!!
Wow. I don't know what you'rea doin' gentlemen but, whatever it is, jussa keep ona doin' it. You got it right Funkmeister. '76 is it! This show is creamy, dreamy, and steamy! The SBD is wonderful. The balance is just right. The added crowd ambience is fabulous, and the shouts for tunes is funny. Not in my wildest and wettest dreams could I have imagined, twenty-five years ago, of getting a '76 show with this kind of "AUD" quality. "YOU AND YOU, let's go!" Precious.
It is everything you could ever want in a Grateful Dead live recording. This St. Stephen is so, so killer > 7:14 minute lead into Eyes > Let It Grow with an unusual Drumz solo in the middle of LIG. Man 'o man. The Dancin' is really hot...reminds me of late '75 JGB. Hey, and even Donna sounds good on Dancin'? That's a nice surprise.
I will never, ever get over the reeediculous five star ratings The Boyz get from these youngsters, raving about late '80s and '90s shows, when all they have to do is dial an AUD like this. It is truly a wonder. And Deadbase doesn't even have it in their top 999 list of favorite shows (last time I looked.) That will certainly have to be revised. Definitely in the top 100. It will become a certerpiece in my rotation, that's for sure. What made me chuckle before clicking this listing was seeing four listings for 6.9.76 and five listings for 6.10.76. Isn't life grand!?
February 22, 2013 Subject:
Cold Rain, Scarlet, Crazy Fingers, Ship, Stephen, Eyes, High Time, Brown Eyed, Roses, Rat and Franklin's all in one show.
August 27, 2010 Subject:
this is one of the only examples of EOTW post hiatus containing the minor-key jam (a la 1973-74) i have come across. it is particularly interesting since they turn the jam inside out, jamming into the song proper from the minor key rather than out from the song into it.
December 10, 2009 Subject:
If this was a recording of the boys rehearing their best arm pit farts, the sound quality would still make it a 5 star performance. It is that good... and for what it's worth, they play a sick one here taboot.
July 22, 2008 Subject:
Good stuff here
I enjoyed St. Stephen into Eyes of the world quite a bit. The Jam in the begining of eyes was epic....the longest i've ever heard them jam before going into the song. Let it grow was insane, I liked crazy fingers alot, promised land was hoppin',lazy>sup was sick, all in all, a great and unique setlist 5/5
July 2, 2008 Subject:
I was unfamilar with 1976 shows until a few years ago, when I downloaded this gem. Since then it's been in heavy rotation on my iPod. What can I say about this show that hasn't been said before? Crowd goes nuts for St. Stephen breakout. Amazing and unique Eyes intro. Phil is a maniac on Dancin'. This show deserves its 5 star rating.
January 31, 2008 Subject:
Here's how to stream MP3s and rip
Here we go. Un-hide your temporary internet files folder (from My Computer, select C: drive, then go to Tools, Folder Options, select "View" tab, make sure "show hidden files and folders" is selected, and click "apply to all folders"), and then just stream the audio. Each audio file shows up as a separate MP3 file in your (C:\documents and settings\[your user name]\Local settings\temporary internet files folder. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR XP, NOT VISTA. From there you just drag and drop them out to a new folder on your desktop. Then, burn away.
April 11, 2007 Subject:
THis show completely rocks, but this matrix mix makes it pretty freakin' special. One of the best Eyes ever played, second only to 6/11/76, two days later.
May 17, 2006 Subject:
This is what it's all about!
This is fun show to listen to and what a great mix! I need to pick this one up for my own collection. Phil is in the "zone" throughout- the whole band is in the zone! This is a great era. I always knew '77 had great shows, but after listening to this one it makes me want to check out more from '76. Everything about this from the music to the quality is fantastic! Have fun!
January 10, 2006 Subject:
does anyone have a cd or tape of this they would be willing to copy? outside of work i have no electricity, plumbing or the like. no way to tape it from a line out etc. I probably dont have anything to trade, but maybe we could works something out. personally i dont see why the copyright holders dont put all this material on a pay based site and donate all the money to charity.
amazing show. piece of history from a neglected year.
December 6, 2005 Subject:
I can't download it so what the f*** is the use?
boycott boycott boycott
October 25, 2005 Subject:
St. Stephen > Eyes > Let It Grow?! Great sound quality and the playing sounds equally as well.
October 15, 2005 Subject:
Now I have to re-download this show, since this Matrix recording is simply one of the best sounding shows I have ever gotten my grubby little hands on. The sound quality sounds better than some offical releases from the DP series. Music-wide, I think that the HUGE enthusiastic response from the crowd gives the band extra gas to go the distance with this second set. As in the previous SBD release, the sound is all AUD until the lyrics to Steve kick in, and you hear the crowd really get into it (think Hard to Handle from Phil Zone) and of course the BAND gets into it and I think we can all see what happens from there. Get this show now or a bunny rabbit will cry!
September 17, 2005 Subject:
What else can ya say but wow ??? Gotta say i don't usually go for AUD's but this has such a warm and fuzzy feel, makes a fella feel good, and the sound pretty stellar. It's all good D/L it and if your a SBD junkie like me... give it a bash. I think you'll like it!!
September 15, 2005 Subject:
Sick Aud-SBD matrix. I love how the aud lets you get a feel for the energy of the crowd then sucks you right in to the SBD. 76' is tops folks, I think alot of 76 is overshadowed by the next illustrious year and this show is a prime example of the silky smoothness and precision jamming of 76, Chronic.